Workforce Training Open House Well-Attended – Photos

GRCC Workforce Training Open House 12-01-11

Yesterday GRCC held the second of two “Workforce Training Open Houses,” events designed to help the unemployed get access to the education they need to become employable in West Michigan.  On hand at GRCC’s Tassell M-TEC were area employers and instructors from GRCC’s many job training programs, and attendees met with local human resource professionals to find out exactly what qualities and abilities companies look for in prospective employees.  They also learned about GRCC’s Pathways to Prosperity grant and if they qualify for some education and training funding.

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Foundation Scholarship Contributions

Nursing Students

In today’s economy, more students than ever rely on grants and scholarships for their education, this makes your support increasingly important. This past academic year, we awarded over $810,000 in scholarships to 906 students …and your generosity helped make this happen. Scholarship support for students like Brandi continues to be our funding priority, and we’re asking again for you to support GRCC students and their success.

“Your gift will provide important support for GRCC students – their success will have a positive effect on our community by making them job-ready and world-ready. By supporting student scholarships, you are helping us meet our greatest unmet need, and will inspire student success! “There are several scholarships available for students at many junctures in life… women returning to school, students pursuing nursing or other fields, minorities, academically gifted, and those with financial need. The variety of scholarships available enable everyone a chance to go back to school. I am hopeful that the donors who make the GRCC Foundation scholarships possible realize the huge impact they have on the lives of individual students, and subsequently on our community at large. I am truly grateful for their generous gifts.”
Brandi Miller
GRCC Scholarship Recipient

Our goal for this year’s annual fund is $650,000. GRCC students need your support more than ever – and, their education will provide a huge return on your investment.

Give Online to the GRCC Foundation

Special Tax Relief for you before December 31, 2011:

  • Michigan tax credit set to expire at the end of year! Businesses and corporations giving donations to a foundation can take a fifty percent tax credit on gifts of up to $10,000. A fifty percent tax credit is available for individual donors for each gift of $200, and for married couples for each gift of $400.
  • An IRA owner who is at least age 70½ can make a direct charitable contribution of up to $100,000 from his or her IRA tax free to the GRCC Foundation. Please consult your tax advisor for further details.

For other options on making a gift to the Foundation or for GRCC payroll deduction forms, please contact Trish Castiglione at 616.234.3739 or

ESP Welcomes Magdalena Montes-Spruit to GRCC

Magdalena Montes-SpruitGRCC ESPs would like to welcome Magdalena Montes-Spruit to the college. Magdalena, or Maggie as she prefers to be called, started as a student employee in the Academics Foundation Program in the Counseling/Career Department. She then began working with the TRiO program in the Fall of 2010 as a contingency employee and is now the ESP for the TRiO-Student Support Services Program.

Maggie is an April 2011 GRCC graduate with an Associate in Arts and is currently working on a Bachelor’s in Health Information Management at Ferris State University.

In her spare time Maggie and her husband create horse treats that they sell at horse shows and local farm stores and they also create custom metal art and signs. They have two dogs, one cat, four chickens, and two ducks. She also grows a garden in the summer and enjoys snowmobiling in the winter. Welcome Maggie!

You’re Invited to the GRCC Christian Fellowship’s Christmas Drop-in Party

The GRCC Christian Fellowship invites all faculty, administrators, trustees, and staff to our Christmas Drop-In Party, this Wednesday, December 7, from 3:30 to 5 PM in Room 205 in the Raider Grille, 2nd Floor of the Student Center.  The GRCC Christian Fellowship is the Christian student organization on campus.

Enjoy good company and delicious snacks and drink catered by the GRCC Dining Service.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Paul Phifer and Harry Lew, advisors of the GRCC Christian Fellowship.

GRCC in the News – 12/2/11

Ex-Wyoming Park QB Casey Therriault remains grateful for second chance at Jackson State
Published: Friday, December 02, 2011, 9:00 AM | Grand Rapids Press

A composite picture of Jackson State University football legends — such as Walter Payton and Lem Barney, along with three current players — digitally flashed on billboards around the capital of Mississippi this fall, marking 100 years of Tigers football. The largest image, captured smack dab in the middle of the billboard, loomed a throwing Casey Therriault, the team’s senior quarterback. The former Wyoming Park and Grand Rapids Community College star earned his prominent spot.  (More)

Free testing during World AIDS Day
6:47 AM, Dec 1, 2011 | WZZM

(WZZM) – December 1st is World AIDS Day. The Centers for Disease Control estimates more than 33 million people worldwide are currently infected with the HIV virus. State officials say 19,000 people are living with HIV in Michigan. […] There will also be testings at Grand Valley State and Grand Rapids Community College this week.  (More)